Prevent beauty mishaps before they happen.
Dear beautiful flight attendants,
I understand that long flights duty period in the sky will disheveled your hair, make your skin dry, and even have puffy eyes… But, not to worry, as here are some of few tricks that been shared by other experienced flight attendants out there, which might help you to overcome these critical issues.
“When we become flight attendants, we all have a day commonly referred to as ‘Barbie boot camp,’” says Emily Witkop, who has flown with Southwest Airlines for 18 years.
“Basically, it is the day we learn what makeup to wear and how to take care of our skin. Let’s face it, flying dries you out, and the lights in the cabin are not flattering for anyone.” Yahoo Travel got the scoop and some great tips from some stunning stews.
Here are some of their best secrets!
- Deep condition your hair preflight. Think recycled air is bad for your skin? Well, it’s just as harsh on your hair. The lack of moisture in the cabin causes water levels in the hair to evaporate, which makes the hair look frizzy and dull. To keep hair soft, FAs are sticklers about packing their own hair products, especially conditioner.
- Exfoliate regularly — anytime, anywhere + DIY deep-moisturizing hand treatment. As passengers can be a bit particular about the hands that deliver their sodas and peanuts. Nick Stracener, an American Airlines FA and aspiring model, has a trick to keep his exfoliated. “My secret tip is called the sugar scrub, and it gets hands soft and smooth,” he says. “First, squeeze some lemon into your palm, then add about five sugar packets, and scrub your hands together.” Stracener usually scrubs up for a few minutes after the service portion of the flight is over. When finished, he rinses his hands with club soda or water. “It makes your hands feel amazing!”
- Keep inflammation at bay. Cabin pressure can cause a host of ugly issues, the main one being swelling. Puffy eyes. Swollen ankles. Fat fingers. “Inflammation is a big deal when flying,” says Ondrej Zouhar, who has been with Southwest Airlines for eight years. He found an Ayurvedic fix — the spice turmeric. It works like ibuprofen to help prevent swelling.
- Spray some vitamin C. Flight attendants often rely on long-wear makeup to keep them looking pretty for hours on end, but it can dry out the skin. To combat that, “I use the vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz from The Body Shop before applying foundation,” says Lauren Varga, who has been flying with American Airlines for 10 months. “I also use it throughout the day when I’m flying. You can spray it on top of your makeup to help set it or to refresh when it starts getting cakey or showing lines.” Vitamin C has myriad benefits for your skin. “After I use it, I walk through the cabin, and people say, ‘You have a glow about you — you must love your job.’ And I think, ‘It’s a cool job but that’s not why I’m glowing.”
Read more at Yahoo Travel.
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